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Silenced Nights: Curfews And Fear Of The Night

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Over the past weeks, cities across the country have implemented curfews in response to George Floyd protests and to enforce stay-at-home orders during COVID-19.

This hour, we discuss whether emergency curfews really keep people safer or become another way to intimidate and discriminate. Also, the history and wisdom of juvenile curfews and what it's like to protest after curfew.

And we learn about early curfews across the pond during the British Empire.


  • Roger Ekirch - The author of five books including At Day's Close: Night in Times Past
  • Dennis Keeney - Former police officer and current professor in the John Jay Department of Criminal Justice at City University of New York
  • Mike Males - An American sociologist and senior researcher at the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice in San Francisco
  • Kalfani Ture - Assistant professor of criminology at Quinnipiac University and a former police officer

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Betsy Kaplan, Jonathan McNicol, and Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

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